Banting diet ‘cutting edge and science based’ – Noakes

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Cape Town – The low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet is cutting edge
and science based, and dietitians have
the legal requirement to give this nutritional information to the public,
Professor Tim Noakes said as he concluded his testimony into a conduct hearing
by the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) on Tuesday.

“There
is the evidence. Let’s teach it to medical students and our dietitians,”
he urged, following a lengthy testimony on the research and studies into the
banting diet.

The
scientist argued that he has given enough evidence during the hearing to prove
that it is scientific, saying he found the process cathartic.

Noakes –
whose book

The Real Meal Revolution

promotes a low-carbohydrate, high-fat
(LCHF) diet – was called before the council after a complaint was lodged by the
former president of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa, Claire
Julsing-Strydom.

The
complaint was prompted by a tweet Noakes sent to a Pippa Leenstra after she
asked him for advice on feeding babies and on breastfeeding.

Her
tweet read: “@ProfTimNoakes @SalCreed is LCHF eating ok for breastfeeding
mums? Worried about all the dairy + cauliflower = wind for babies?? [sic]”

Noakes advised
her to wean her child onto LCHF foods, which he described as “real”
foods.

His
tweet read: “Baby doesn’t eat the dairy and cauliflower. Just very healthy
high-fat breast milk. Key is to ween [sic] baby onto LCHF.”


Caution
on social media

Noakes
argued during the hearing that his advice was anything but unconventional,
quoting research from as far back as the 1800s before the boom in obesity
rates.

On
Tuesday, he questioned why Julsing-Strydom, who laid the charge, was not
present to listen to his testimony.

Julsing-Strydom,
a registered dietitian practising for 11
years, testified in November.

She said
she had asked Noakes to not give advice on infant nutrition and argued that
caution must be taken when responding to inquiries via social media.

She
argued that Noakes’ advice to Leenstra was unconventional and not in keeping
with paediatric nutritional guidelines.

“I
have to ask why she has no interest in listening to evidence which proves her
wrong,” he said.

The
hearing continues until next Wednesday.

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